Physical Therapist for H-1B status:
Foreign PTs seeking H-1B visa status must satisfy the USCIS regulations at 8 C.F.R. 214.2 (h).
Among these requirements is the requirement that PT beneficiaries of H-1B petitions “hold a U.S. baccalaureate or higher degree required by the specialty occupation…” or a foreign degree equivalent, and hold an unrestricted State license to fully practice the specialty occupation or have progressive work experience comparable to a U.S. baccalaureate or higher degree.
The regulations do not define the professional degree required as long as it is at least a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Due to the state licensing requirement, the education standards for the state of intended employment continue to control if the PT indeed already has such a license.
1. The PT must have their educational credentials verified through FCCPT or CGFNS.
2. The PT must obtain a VisaScreen Certificate (Type I Certificate) through FCCPT or CGFNS.
3. The PT must obtain a State PT License (Temporary or Permanent) or a letter of eligibility to obtain a State License once the H-1B visa is approved.
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy develops and administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for physical therapists.
Educational Credentials & VISA Screening Sources
Physical Therapists are required to submit a VisaScreen Certificate (Type I Certificate) with applications for H1B approval.
Currently there are two sources for the Visa Screen for Physical Therapists:
FCCPT – FOREIGN CREDENTIALING COMMISSION ON PHYSICAL THERAPY
Comprehensive Credential Evaluation Review (Type I Certificate)
This service is designed for the individual who needs a Health Care Worker Certificate to obtain USCIS clearance, which will permit employment as a physical therapist in the U.S.
This service includes an educational credentials review, which can be used to obtain a license to practice physical therapy in the U.S, or for CMS certification as a Medicare/Medicaid provider.